London: Hodder and Stoughton, . First trade edition of the Dulac version. Full color frontispiece and 19 full color plates tipped in. Wood engraved color borders. Binding extremities rubbed; head and tail of spine lightly worn and frayed. Front hinge starting, but sound. Some offsetting from borders. A good copy. Publisher's beige cloth stamped in gilt on front cover and spine. Quartol. Unpaginated. Item #16159
Edmund Dulac (1882 –1953) was a French-born, British naturalized magazine illustrator, book illustrator and stamp designer. Born in Toulouse, he moved to London early in the 20th century. In 1905, he received his first commission to illustrate the novels of the Brontë Sisters. During World War I, Dulac produced relief books. After the war, the deluxe children's book market shrank and he turned to magazine illustrations in addition to other ventures. He designed banknotes during World War II and postage stamps, most notably those that heralded the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.